Assertive Outreach is the treatment of choice for the severely mentally ill in the community. It involves taking services to the patients rather than requiring them to attend hospitals and clinics. The model is one of a high staff-to-patient ratio offering comprehensive health and social care. Assertive Outreach is a targetted and refined application of the existing practice of community mental health teams- an evolution of community policy rather than a revolutionary change. Research evidence and outcome data suggests it results in reduced hospitalizations, promotes effective engagement with difficult patients and improves patient wellbeing. As a policy, it has been implemented successfully in Australia, the USA and Europe, and it is now adopted nationally in the UK. This book will equip all members of the multidisplinary Assertive Outreach team with a clear understanding of the essential processes and interventions involved. Tom Burns and Mike Firn are pioneers in this field and have been running an Assertive Outreach team for seven years. They have been awarded Beacon status by the UK Department of Health to reflect their excellence, and are heavily involved in teaching others setting out on the same path.
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Tom Burns is in the Department of Psychiatry, St George's Hospital Medical School, London UK. Mike Firn is on the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, Garratt Court, Furmage Street, London UK.Review:
"Burns and Firn have succeeded writing a book that serves as a manual for practitionersand that utilizes their experiences in a flexible approach incorporating many aspects of assertive community treatment in the care of persons with severe and persistent mental illness." -Psychiatric Services
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110198516150
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 198516150